On Friday, October 4th, the Illinois Supreme Court announced the appointment of Jerry Esrig as Cook County Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Subcircuit. Esrig has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Allen S. Goldberg and will be sworn in to office on October 30, 2013. The appointment ends on December 1, 2014, when the position is filled by the 2014 General Election. Voters will go to the polls on March 18, 2014 for a primary election to select candidates for Cook County Circuit Judge in the Ninth Subcircuit. While Esrig will be seated as a judge until December 1 of next year, he will have to run for an open seat in the March 18, 2014 primary and will continue his campaign which kicked off September 24, 2013.
“I am honored to have been appointed and am very grateful to Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Supreme Court for the expression of confidence which this appointment reflects,” stated Esrig. “I will do my best to emulate the many judges I know who combine careful legal analysis with respect for the lawyers and litigants who appear before them.”
Justice Theis recommended the appointment of Jerry Esrig to the Supreme Court after she announced an open application process and after the candidates were reviewed by bar associations and a bipartisan screening committee. Retired U.S. District Court Judge Wayne R. Andersen, who co-chaired the screening committee, said, “Many highly qualified candidates applied for the vacancy. Justice Theis’ choice of Jerry Esrig is outstanding. The breadth of his legal practice, his intelligence, his integrity and his energy will make him an outstanding judge. Frankly, the committee felt honored to investigate his credentials and interview him.”
Jerry Esrig has worked as a trial lawyer in Chicago for over 30 years, representing small and medium-sized businesses in commercial disputes and profoundly injured individuals. In 1984, he co-founded the firm of Zaideman & Esrig, P.C. which became Epstein, Zaideman & Esrig in 1985. The firm once again became known as Zaideman & Esrig, P.C. in 1999 when partner Jim Epstein was appointed and then elected to the bench.
Jerry Esrig was born in Chicago in 1953 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northwestern University in 1974. While a student at Northwestern, Esrig joined Abner Mikva’s congressional campaigns and also worked on Mikva’s congressional staff before starting law school. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1978 and was an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Law School and also taught for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Esrig and his wife Deborah Thorne live in Evanston and have two adult children, Daniel and Rachel.
For more information on Jerry Esrig, view the website at www.jerryesrigforjudge.org.